We are the Guinness World Record holders for:

1995 / 1996 / 1997 / 1998 / 1999 / 2000 / 2001 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017
Tony Carlisle
Tony Carlisle - Founder/Organiser

The Great North Dog Walk is the brain-child of Tony Carlisle and was founded by him in 1990. He has organised the event every year since and 2015 was our " Silver Anniversary "- 25th event. Tony is a former Teacher of Harton Technology College, in South Shields and is currently United Kingdom Fundraiser of The Year – for the 2nd time. Raised over £7.27 Million pounds for charitable causes. He has also donated 75 pints of blood and for this he holds the Emerald Award Certificate. The event has been supported by a host of celebrities in the past including Blue Peter, Record Breakers, Newsround, the Big Breakfast television show and more recently, CBBC Children’s TV in March 2013. Click here to view CBBC's Who Let the Dogs Out coverage of The Great North Dog walk 2012.

In 1997 Tony wrote to Dame Catherine Cookson and her husband Tom and duly received financial assistance and their blessing and permission to have the walk renamed the Catherine Cookson Great North Dog Walk. Butcher's Pet Care Ltd sponsored the event from 2004 until 2010, and Pets At Home sponsored the event from 2011 until 2015. Pedigree sponsored the event in 2016 and YouMove Dog sponsored the event in 2017.

This event is annual and measurable and the last dog walk was the 27th staging. It was held on Sunday 4th June 2017 with 30,114 dogs, starting on The Leas, South Shields, England, United Kingdom, SatNav NE33 2JH. The 3 mile (4.8km) walk follows a coastal route along the cliffs with magnificent sea views. There are four different routes of varying lengths to cater for everyone within the community and over varying surfaces like grass, gravel and concrete. This therefore allows for baby buggies, wheelchairs, the young, the elderly, disabled and also older dogs to support this world record attempt. The event is Internationally recognised and holds the WORLD RECORD as the largest dog walk ever held (22,742 dogs). This is a record we would like to keep in the United Kingdom coupled with allowing interested parties to attempt this World Record and allow them to raise funds for the charity of their choice from the listed beneficiaries.

Next Walk: Sunday 3rd June 2018

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Please select one of the below beneficiaries then make your payment payable to that Charity and send directly to them. Participants can only raise sponsorship/funds/donations from the Official Beneficiary list shown below. It is not permitted to do otherwise. Anyone found to be abusing this rule will be removed from site and I will seek prosecution. Thank you.

  • Basset Hound Welfare
  • Beagle Welfare
  • Cairn Terrier Relief Fund
  • Cash for kids
  • Dogs for Good
  • German Shepherd Rescue
  • Help for Heroes
  • IFAW
  • National Trust
  • Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter
  • North of England Dalmatian Welfare
  • Northern English Springer Rescue
  • Oldies Club: Foster/Re-home dogs over 7 years old
  • SHAK
  • St Bernard Trust
  • Stray Aid
  • The Edward Foundation
  • The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare
  • Wag and Company North East Friendship Dogs Ltd



We are thrilled to have a local business who has as much passion and love for animals as we do supporting our event this year. Durham Animal Feeds is one of the UK’s best and biggest suppliers of all natural animal foods. They have been established in Durham since 1969 and is a third-generation family run business who have animal welfare and care at the heart of everything they do.

For more information about Durham Animal Feeds and to try some of their natural food please visit www.daf-petfood.co.uk.


Supported by

  • Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter
  • The Little Heaven Hotel
  • National Trust
  • Sapphire
  • Newcastle Speedway
  • hodgsons
  • Metro Radio
  • crufts
  • South Tyneside Council
  • Dogs Trust
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Also supported by

Northumbrian Water
Westoe Vets Ltd South Shields
Cultural and Community Services
South Tyneside Council
South Shields
JCS Vehicle Hire Ltd Jarrow
St. Johns Ambulance Newcastle
Arnett Printers Middlesborough & Stockton
Belle Tents Hire Sunderland
Events Insurance Kent
Supreme Crufts Champion 2003 "Danny" (Pekinese) Owner Phillip Martin
Falcon Joinery South Shields
Sapphire Engineering (NE) Ltd East Boldon
Marine Scaffolding Ltd South Shields
Ryton Adv1enture Club with David Bellamy Ryton
Bailey Fabrications (NE) Ltd South Shields
The Little Haven Hotel South Shields
Bills Autoparts Ltd South Shields
TPA Accountancy South Shields
Hodgson Motor group Silverlink, Newcastle


Register now, and walk with us on june 4th. Also be sure to check the rules for convenience.



Click below for the detailed information about the location, the plan of the venue, and the parking facilities.



Feel free to check the photos & the videos of the past events.